PH tops 5G video experience improvement globally

Published February 4, 2021, 7:00 AM

by Len Amadora

In response to the national government’s call for a #1stWorldNetwork, Globe has been putting up a record number of new sites and upgrading its network infrastructure to make 4G LTE and 5G pervasive enough to really improve the data experience of its customers nationwide.

During the January 21 briefing of DICT on the state of the country’s internet, Secretary Roque laid down the country’s aspiration to be at par with Vietnam and Thailand, both countries were cited as benchmarks of good connectivity.

These vigorous and sustained efforts have shown positive results as the Philippines led the rest of the world in improvements in 5G technology compared to 4G, when it comes to a Video Experience improvement of 40%, international analytics firm Opensignal reported in its latest insight analysis, “Benchmarking the global 5G experience.”  The country bested Thailand which placed second to the Philippines, posting a 29% boost while Hong Kong showed an improvement of 14%.

The country has also overtaken countries like Australia and Hong Kong, ranking second in 5G Download Speed Improvement with 10.1 times an increase versus 4G, at 117.2 Mbps. 

According to Ian Fogg, Opensignal lead analyst, “For 5G to be relevant to mainstream mobile users, the latest mobile technology must offer an excellent and superior mobile network experience. In this analysis, we quantify just how good the 5G experience can be.”

Globe was the first mobile operator in Southeast Asia to commercially launch 5G for home back in 2019.  Subsequently, the telco launched its 5G for mobile in 2020.  Globe has the widest 5G coverage in the country today.  The telco continues to expand its 5G network, now covering 80% of Metro Manila. Continuous expansion is being done in key areas nationwide driven by the demand of the public for better connectivity.

“We are inching closer to fulfilling the vision towards a #1stWorldNetwork.  Creating a nation that thrives digitally begins with a robust network using the most advanced technologies and allowing our customers to fully experience our digital offers and solutions,” shares Ernest Cu, Globe’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Globe is leading the country’s digital transformation by introducing innovative solutions in the areas of financial technology, telemedicine, e-commerce, digital advertising, cybersecurity, enterprise cloud applications, customer service, and even technology for social good.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.

 
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